arts 12.17.10

the skint

Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn, 718.624.2083, is the unlikely combination of first-rate classical music, small-town setting, and spectacular views of Manhattan. It's the best place for chamber music in New York.

Olga Bloom has run this enterprise since 1977 and her touch is all over it. Ms. Bloom and her late husband both played violin, she under Stokowski, he under Toscanini. When her husband passed away, Ms. Bloom, who was born in Boston and always lived near water, decided to provide an intimate atmosphere where people could come together to play and listen to chamber music.

So she did what anyone would do: she set up shop on an old barge in the East River.

Once inside the wood-paneled barge, it's hard not to fall under its spell, especially when you listen to the musicians who, since there is no stage, perform nearly within arm's reach. The barge tends to sway a bit, sometimes in tempo, usually not.

It's traditional at Bargemusic to perform the Bach Goldberg Variations on Christmas eve and the Brandenburg Concertos on New Year's eve. But then, with Manhattan as your backdrop and music filling the room, on holidays and not, Bargemusic is always a celebration.

Today on Wish You Were Here:

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

fri 7pm: spread holiday cheer with the west village chorale on their annual (since 1974!) greenwich village caroling walk. meet at judson church, free.

sat 7pm: get out your boombox + join hundreds of others on a walking sonic soundscape at the 19th annual unsilent night.' meet at the arch at washington sq. park. free.

sun-mon 6:30pm: enjoy a free holiday concert in the guggenheim's rotunda with the vox vocal ensemble + the graham ashton brass ensemble

thru 1/2: all-male ballet corps les ballets trockadero de monte carlo return to the joyce with two premieres, plus selections from swan lake and les sylphides, $10+

NYC Xmas Tree Sellers - Alice (Brooklyn) Josh (Brooklyn)

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